Ugly Ugly Loss, Navy Sink Pirates' Ship 76-35

Ricky Dobbs ran for a touchdown and threw for two more scores as Navy beat East Carolina 76-35 on Saturday, setting a school single-game scoring record while handing the Pirates their ugliest loss under first-year coach Ruffin McNeill.

Alexander Teich ran for 157 yards and a score for the Midshipmen (6-3), who trailed only briefly in the first quarter on the way to becoming bowl eligible for the eighth straight season. Dobbs also ran for 100 yards, giving the Midshipmen a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time this season.

Dominique Davis threw five TD passes for the Pirates (5-4), who absorbed their first home loss under McNeill. The 76 points set Navy's single-game record for the modern era while also ranking as the most by an East Carolina opponent in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Navy finished with 521 yards rushing, the most by any opponent in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and the second-most allowed by the Pirates behind West Virginia's 536 yards in 2002. It was also the second-most points allowed by East Carolina in any game, trailing Guilford's 79 points in November 1932.

Navy led just 28-21 at halftime with both offenses - Navy's triple-option and East Carolina's pass-heavy spread - moving the ball effectively. But while the Midshipmen kept plugging away, East Carolina came undone by losing three fumbles in four offensive snaps to give Navy all the help it needed.

The Midshipmen converted the first into a field goal, then Dobbs found Aaron Santiago for an easy 29-yard touchdown pass on the first play after Jon Williams lost the ball on a handoff from Davis. Then, after Davis lost a fumble, Gee Gee Greene scampered untouched around the left side on a fourth-and-short to push the lead to 45-21 with 8:52 left in the quarter.

With that comfortable lead, Navy could relentlessly run the ball the rest of the day and focus on melting the clock. The mistake-prone Pirates, meanwhile, could only watch the game slip further and further out of reach.

By the time the fourth quarter arrived, Navy had run for 387 yards and scored 55 points while the normally rowdy Dowdy-Ficklen was three-quarters empty as a chilly rain began to fall.

And the Midshipmen weren't finished, setting the stadium's opponent scoring record when reserve Kriss Proctor scored on a 23-yard keeper to make it 69-35 with 7:43 to play. That broke the previous mark of 63 points set by Louisville in 1998.

Navy scored on all but two possessions. Its previous modern-era scoring record in a game was 74 points against North Texas in 2007.

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  • by Dave Location: Your mind on Nov 10, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    7-2 Darren? YEAH, EZU is two fluke plays and a team quitting after the first quarter from being 2-7.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Nov 10, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    If the offense would STOP FUMBLING THE FREAKIN FOOTBALL and the defense would STOP GIVING UP THE BIG PLAYS SO MUCH, then the pirates would be 7-2 up to this point and would be sitting good for a 3-peat of the C-USA title, but that loss to Central Florida costed our guys any shot. Chris of Forest City, Skip first did ECU a favor by making the program way better than under the John Thompson era, then he did a second favor by leaving ECU when he did. ECU will be better off in the future than they would be under Skip Holtz. I don't see South Florida getting anywhere better than what they were under Jim Levitt. They made a big mistake by firing him.
  • by Not a fan either Location: Greenville on Nov 10, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    This loss was hilarious! I'm glad they lost so terribly! God, I hate the Pirates!
  • by Col. Colt Location: East Carolina on Nov 9, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    Just pick any SEC team and enjoy a good game.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2010 at 08:32 AM
  • by Old Pirate Location: Greenville on Nov 9, 2010 at 07:30 AM
    76hahaha: I guess we all need to replace Duke, with Virginia, as the doormat of the ACC, in that they beat Virginia this week. Your flag football experience in grade school certainly makes you well qualified to comment on college sports. Better luck next week !!
  • by Old Guy Location: Kinston on Nov 9, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    To Dave: You have finally provided your correct and appropriate mailing address since your graduation from ECU. Are your students listening to your poorly made lesson plans ?? Oh, jopa made it to 400 wins by playing 265 teams that ECU would have beat, but even the Pirates wouldn't stoop that low to put them on their schedule.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 at 08:16 PM
    They canceled the flyover, sent the submarine in and sunk our ship! aaaAAAaarrrghhh!!!! Ouch.....!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    Jimbo I don't think anyone in the ACC has got beat by 41 points this year, AAARRRGGGHHH
  • by Dave Location: Hades on Nov 8, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    I hear that the city of Philadelphia and Eastern NC are getting into a dispute over the name 76'ers. HAA HAA!!

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